45th/233. Happy with that.http://www.amblesideac.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2...
They should probably reclassify this as an AM :)
Bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky at the start left my long sleeves and 3/4 tights looking ridiculous against all the vests and shorts.
Vindicated by the top of Wetherlam, though, as we ascended into the claggy drizzle - and spent the whole of the rest of the race there!
Suddenly no longer regretting my lack of suncream and only taking 500ml; worked out fine.
Took the 'just follow everyone else' approach to nav at the start, unfortunately right on Wetherlam summit everyone had vanished so I followed the path; there's obviously a straighter line that's less rocky since I think I was passed by quite a few here. Not much time lost though; the rocks were so slippery everywhere, and it was so rocky, I wasn't moving fast on any kind of terrain path or not. Luckily seemed to pick a good route down to Three Shires Stone (since couldn't see anyone ahead of me here), but there were suddenly plenty of people going up Blisco so didn't need to nav that bit. Similar coming off the top; that would have been much slower without a pack to stick with. Got away from first lady (wearing British orienteering buff; looked about 14 years old but was presumably at least 18) down the steep bit.
Overtook quite a few up the climb to Lingmoor which was awesome as doesn't usually happen. Then no-one ahead so had to guess a route; compass was useful here to get on a trod going in the right direction. This was the one time in the race that it wasn't rocky and so I was able to run it pretty fast.
To say the terrain didn't really suit me, actually enjoyed this quite a lot, felt very alive running downhill on the wet rocks knowing that every step was a potential disaster waiting to happen. Some amazing views coming off Blisco with floaty bit of cloud everywhere. And although it was rocky, it wasn't Wasdale rocky. I'd do it again.